A handful of Manchester United players will be hit with a 25 per cent pay cut this summer if the club misses out on a top-four finish, according to the Sunday People.

The Red Devils are now unlikely to secure Champions League football for next season after dropping 11 points behind fourth-placed Liverpool with just 12 matches left to play.

The cost of missing out on a place in Europe’s premier club competition will not only hit Manchester United Football Club financially - but also many of its high-profile stars, who have clauses in their contracts.

Those affected will have their basic salaries slashed by a quarter, while the chance of earning lucrative bonuses will also disappear.

“It’s a clause that a lot of the lads have,” an insider told the Sunday People. "It’s not been an issue before but it will be now.”

It’s currently unclear which of United’s leading stars will be financially worse off, although Moyes will hope that the incentive of increasing their wages will inspire them to perform better next season.

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